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This Sunday, March 8 is International Women's Day 2015. This list was originally compiled by Emma Sakamoto for our March 2014 newsletter, and was updated this year by our librarian Meghan Howe. Celebrate International Women's Day in your classroom or library with one of these excellent Canadian books.
Submitted by Camilia on Wed, 03/04/2015 - 15:34.
par DaniĂ¨le Courchesne
AprĂ¨s avoir travaillĂ© comme journaliste et oeuvrĂ© en dĂ©veloppement international, AndrĂ©e Poulin a dĂ©cidĂ© de se consacrer Ă lâ€™Ă©criture pour les jeunes il y a environ une dizaine dâ€™annĂ©es. Elle ne lâ€™a jamais regrettĂ©. Elle compte aujourdâ€™hui plus dâ€™une trentaine de titres Ă son actif, dont plusieurs ont rĂ©coltĂ© des prix et distinctions. En octobre dernier, elle a dâ€™ailleurs remportĂ© le prix TD de littĂ©rature canadienne pour lâ€™enfance et la jeunesse pour son roman La plus grosse poutine du monde. Elle venait tout juste de gagner le prix TD lors de notre rencontre. Elle Ă©tait toujours extrĂŞmement ravie dâ€™avoir obtenu ce prestigieux prix. Elle fĂ©licite chaleureusement tous les autres finalistes.
Submitted by Camilia on Mon, 03/02/2015 - 15:47.
Voici un livre Ă ne pas manquer pour souligner la Saint-Valentin, La machine Ă mesure l'amour, de Johanne Mercier chez SouliĂ¨res Ă©diteur.
FranĂ§ois MĂ©tivier, inventeur nĂ©, a dĂ©laissĂ© pendant six longs mois Jeanne Blanchet, lâ€™amour de sa vie, pour se consacrer Ă une de ses inventions, la poĂŞle Ă retourner les crĂŞpes. Et pendant ce temps, la belle Jeanne sâ€™est laissĂ©e charmer par le grand Bobby. Pour lui prouver la profondeur de son amour, FranĂ§ois dĂ©cide de crĂ©er la machine Ă mesure lâ€™amour. Mais cette machine nâ€™est pas sans consĂ©quenceâ€¦
Submitted by Camilia on Fri, 02/13/2015 - 16:12.
February 25, 2015 is Pink Shirt Day. Based on the initiative of two Nova Scotia students, Pink Shirt Day encourages all of us to stand up to bullies. By collectively refusing to tolerate bullying and developing the skills to prevent it, children and adults can help to make the world a better place for themselves and others. To learn more about Pink Shirt Day visit pinkshirtday.ca.
Celebrate Pink Shirt Day in your classroom of library with Canadian kids' books.
Submitted by meghan on Fri, 02/13/2015 - 12:05.
February 14 is Valentine's Day. Celebrate this day with the ones you love with a Canadian kids' book. We suggest A Wizard in Love by Mireille Levert and Marie Lafrance (Tundra Books, 2009).
Hector, a retired wizard, lives with his cat, Poison, in a dilapidated house at the edge of the forest. Their days are peaceful and quiet until a dreadful noise pours
out of an old abandoned house nearby. It seems they have a new neighbour, and things will never be the same again. This title is also available in French as Sorcier amoureux.
Submitted by meghan on Fri, 02/13/2015 - 12:02.
February 19, 2015 marks the beginning on the Chinese New Year celebrations. This year is the year of the Goat or Sheep. Celebrate the Chinese New Year in your classroom or library with Paul Yee's Chinese Fairy Tale Feasts: A Literary Cookbook, illustrated by Shaoli Wang with recipes by Judy Chan (Tradewind Books, 2014).
In this enchanting collection of fairy tales including original stories and interpretations of Chinese folklore by master storyteller Paul Yee, a glorious procession of characters â€” peasants, ghosts, merchants, demons, villagers and kings â€” make their appearance. Each tale is followed by a simple recipe for a traditional Chinese dish to delight both readers and cooks!
Submitted by meghan on Thu, 02/12/2015 - 16:32.
February 15, 2015 marks the 50th anniversary of the Canadian flag. Celebrate this anniversary in your classroom or library with Ann-Maureen Owens and Jane Yelland's Our Flag: The Story of Canada's Maple Leaf, illustrated by Bill Slavin and EsperanĂ§a Melo (Kids Can Press, 2014). Discover the story of how Canada got its flag and why the search for the right design was not an easy task â€” some people thought the flag should feature a beaver or hockey sticks! Two craft activities are included, perfect for classroom use.
Submitted by meghan on Thu, 02/12/2015 - 14:51.
February is Black History Month. Celebrate this month in your school or library with Canadian books for kids and teens.
Submitted by meghan on Fri, 02/06/2015 - 15:45.
USBBY, the US national section for the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY), has selected its annual list of Outstanding International Books for children and young adults. The books on the list were chosen by a committee of USBBY members. A number of Canadian titles, either written and/or illustrated by Canadians, or published by a Canadian publishing house, made the 2015 list.
Submitted by meghan on Fri, 02/06/2015 - 12:59.
January 28 is Bell Let's Talk Day 2015, an initiative focused on raising awareness and encouraging dialogue about mental health. To encourage discussion, our librarian has put together the following list of fiction and non-fiction children's and YA books that feature themes relating to mental health. Pick up these titles at your local bookstore or library.
Submitted by Camilia on Wed, 01/28/2015 - 10:48.